Thanks to the success of our 2017 Meat vs Fish event, we were back for Round 2 this year and it was bigger and better than ever, and all in aid of a very good cause – Hospitality Action.
For those who missed it, in the Meat corner we had…
And for Team Fish…
Every team came in fighting this year with an array of unbelievably tasty dishes.
On Team Fish we had The Halfmoon, one of Fuller’s best pubs situated in Herne Hill which presented a sensational Guajillo marinated Scottish salmon tostados. Back for a second year running was Leap with grilled fish spears, sorrel, seaweed and pickles and a bear cut out which made for lots of Instagram fun! New contenders Polpo served up fishcakes with caper and dill aioli and showed off their team spirit with possibly the friendliest, happiest group of people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Wright Brothers treated us to Cornish Mackerel done two ways served with orange ceviche, wasabi mayonnaise and pickled cucumber – can we get a hell yeah for sustainable locally caught fish!
The trophy for ‘Best Fish Dish’ went to the deserving team from The Other Naughty Piglet, which despite the name of their restaurant, served up a fresh and simply described Devon crab, peanut and pickled cabbage salad. Needless to say, there was nothing simple about this dish as it exuded character, flavour and subtle charm. Hats off to Head chef Joe Sharratt and his team for making a dish we’ll be talking about for some time still. If you haven’t eaten at The Other Naughty Piglet or their flagship site, Naughty Piglets in Brixton, do yourself a favour and book now. Both restaurants offer low intervention wines and delicious small plates, perfect for a date night or a catch up with friends. It’s certainly one of our favourite restaurants South of the river.
On Team Meat and returning for a second year, The Thomas Cubbit put out a ‘Goat Burger’ which can only be described as next level! Made from Trecorras Farm kid and topped with smoked cheddar cheese, Bloody Mary relish and garlic mayonnaise, chef Jenny Warner showed us why she’s in charge at one of London’s most distinguished and picturesque neighbourhood gastropubs. Nutbourne Restaurant served up their very own Gladwin family reared Tamworth piggy’s, woodfire roasted, pressed into chips, coated in crispy sourdough bread crumbs and served with foraged Apple marigold emulsion and spicy harissa sauce. Hixter treated us to a Glenarm Estate hanger with Kombucha flat bread and pickled chilli. Known for their steak, Hawksmoor spoilt us with a grilled rump of beef, bone marrow and onion dish which kept people queueing well into the evening.
But the dish that stole the show and took home the prize for ‘Best Meat Dish’ was Zelman Meat’s ‘Dirty Steak’, made with Scottish sirloin steak and cooked unconventionally on the coals, this dish was mouth-wateringly good. Served with beef fat mash potato and chimichurri sauce, there was not one thing we could fault about it. For those of you that haven’t been to Zelman Meats, you’ve got to give this steakhouse a try. You can book a table online for any of their four restaurants which are located in Soho, St Paul’s, Finsbury Park and Knightsbridge. A massive congrats to Chef Olly Bird and the Zelman Meats Team for winning ‘Best Meat Dish’ and ‘Best Dish Overall’ for Meat vs Fish 2018, we can’t wait to see what you create in 2019 to defend your title!
With the help of the participating restaurants and all our generous sponsors which included Fullers, Flat Iron Square and The Gated Garden, we managed to raise nearly £5,000 for Hospitality Action. We know this money will be used to help many people who work or have previously worked within the hospitality industry and have found themselves in crisis.
Check out all the photos from Meat vs Fish 2018.